What to Do at Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation marks the spot where the turquoise waters of the sea meet the lush greenery of the forest and are one of the most unique spots of natural beauty in Australia.

Here, the Great Barrier Reef, an incredible natural wonder, joins forces with the Daintree Rainforest, bringing visitors an eclectic backdrop of ancient trees, native wildlife, and beautiful scenery.

The Best Time to Visit Cape Tribulation

The majority of visitors head to Cape Tribulation during the dry season, which takes place between July and November. During this time, marine stingers tend to be fewer in number and the temperature is much more enjoyable.

There are four key resorts that dot Cape Tribulation that cater to every kind of traveller – whether you’re a backpacker working to a budget or on the hunt for a more luxury experience.

Things to Do in Cape Tribulation

Things to Do in Daintree Rainforest

The diverse landscape that makes up Cape Tribulation means there are plenty of things to see and do during your stay. If you’re looking for active adventures, the area has you covered, or if you simply want to relax and soak up the unique scenery, you can do that too.

Diving and Snorkeling

The close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef means snorkeling and diving are two of the most popular activities in the region. Beginners and pros can dip beneath the surface of the water and explore the marine life that characterises one of the most spectacular parts of the world.

Bushwalking and Treks

Bushwalking

Back on land, you can wander the many routes that weave their way through the rainforest. Along the way, you can marvel at huge ancient trees, spot exotic fruits, and look out for some of the native species that call the forest home. Either trek along the man-made boardwalks with lookout points attached. Or head to the off the beaten path tracks and discover hidden wonders within the greenery.

Night Walk

After seeing all the rainforest has to offer in the day, take a mysterious walk after dusk to see an entirely new ecosystem come to life. With a range of nocturnal animals waking up and emerging, visitors can witness creatures they never would have seen when the sun was blasting down.

Stay the Night

One day may not be enough to see all Cape Tribulation’s wonders. So why not stay the night? Due to Cape Tribulation’s lack of urban development, there are only a few spots to stay, including the Cape Trib Beach House. If you are after a peaceful stay, you can book out a private cabin amidst the lush tropical greenery. Otherwise, if you are looking for a social time among other travellers, the dorm rooms are a cheap and fun option for guests. The accommodation is equipped with a restaurant, bar, and luxury pool. Promising relaxing days in the refreshing blue waters, and lively nights with plenty of good grub and delicious drinks. The entire hotel is surrounded by the lush rainforest on one side, and the epic beach on the other, guaranteeing you epic views no matter what room you choose.

Active Adventures in the Cape Tribulation

For the more adventurous traveller, there are plenty of adrenalin-pumping activities to get stuck into…

Jungle Surfing

Travel above the tree canopy of the rainforest and gaze down from a bird’s-eye’s view. This exhilarating adventure allows you to stand on 7 to 16-metre platforms and scream your lungs out as you whiz down the flying foxes connected. The Cape Tribulation’s Jungle Surfing is so good, it has won multiple awards, being eco-friendly as well as fun.

Kayaking

Kayaking

You can explore the coastline from a different perspective in a kayak, travelling the calm waters while admiring the brilliant coastline. Once you set off along the river, you can become truly connected to the land, with no one in sight but the local wildlife. Explore the rainforests, reefs, beaches, and more all from the eco-friendly sea kayak! Stopping off along the way to trek further into the jungle or resting along the golden coastline sands.

Ocean Safari

A fantastic bonus’ to Cape Tribulation is that is one of the many gateways to the iconic Great Barrier Reef. Nestled in between two World Heritage Listed Sites (Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef) you can simply set off from the beach and end up in the largest living thing in existence. The Ocean Safari operates every day and is essentially a snorkelling adventure! Packing your day full of tropical fish, colourful coral, and unforgettable sights.

Horse Ride

Instead of sweating under the blistering sun as you tiringly trek through the thick rainforest, why not travel in style? Joining in on the longest tour operator in Cape Tribulation; Horse Riding! Catering for all types of riders, whether you are trying it for the first time, or a long-time rider. The horse trail takes you along the golden sands of Cape Tribulation, with the horses going in the shallow waters as the sea spray flicks up to hit your legs. After the beach, the horses will head to the rainforest, and an open paddock area, giving you a view of all the different sceneries within this region.

River Cruise

If you fancy exploring at a slower pace, you can cruise down the Daintree River, spotting animals as you go and learn more about the natural habitat and its residents. The professional staff will take you through all the sights you are seeing, with detailed descriptions on the local crocs, plants, and history. With a chance to see both the water and land animals of the area, you can take in the beautiful expanse of the natural world that is the Daintree Rainforest.

Hiking Mt Sorrow

Bask in a bushwalking tour to the tip of Mt Sorrow with a picturesque hike that will take you to the top of the world. Make sure that you wake early before the sun rises high and hit the trail through velvet canopies, wildlife cries and shaded branches where the forest dragons watch the world go by. From the top of Mt Sorrow you can glimpse extraordinary views of the Great Barrier Reef laid out beneath your feet.

Cape Tribulation really is an exceptional part of Australia, promising lush rainforest scenery with an abundance of animal and plant life, and the beautiful expanse of the Great Barrier Reef, with its picturesque islands and turquoise waters.

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